Do you want to know what's happenin' in Troop 33???
Well, keep on readin'. In addition to our regular Monday meetings we have the following activities planned...
Tenderfoot Candidates - URGENT
We have 3 weeks left to finish the requirements for Tenderfoot. Many scouts need to finish the fitness requirements and should plan on completing them at the Memorial Day picnic. You should bring your scout handbook and be prepared to have your Board of Review for Tenderfoot at the picnic. Also try to attend the May 19-21 Camporee for camping advancement.
May 19-21 Camporee at Stearns Scout Camp near Annandale. Last chance to complete camping requirements before the June Court of Honor for rank advancement. Meet at church at 6:30 Friday night and return there by noon on Sunday. Camp phone is 612-236-7879. An email has been sent with all items needed.
May 22 Swimming.
All scouts going on the houseboat trip should attend this meeting so as to pass their swimming test. Also a good opportunity to pass any swimming requirements needed for their next rank if applicable. If those reasons aren't enough just come to have a great time swimming! Meet at St. Louis Park High School at 6:45 PM and finish at 8:45 PM. SLP High School is located at 6425 W.33rd St. (north of Highway 7 at 34th and Dakota, near McDonald's) Bring swim suit, towel, and scout book for sign.
May 27 Camp Ajawah Work Day.
You are welcome to come for all or part of the day; starting about 9 AM and wrapping up about 3PM. We will be setting up the large tents and putting in the dock.
June 5 Court of Honor
Family Night Dinner and Award Ceremony for all Troop 33 and 100 Scouts and families. This is a pot-luck dinner, so plan to make or pick-up your favorite main dish, salad or dessert to share. Please bring enough for 12 servings. Dinner will start at 6:30, followed by a Court of Honor and Eagle Ceremony. Many ranks and merit badges will be given out and also 4 Scouts will be receiving their Eagle rank. Hope to see every family there!
June 9-14 Houseboat Trip to Voyageurs National Park.
More details at the bottom of the newsletter.
July 9 Canoe Day Trip added to the schedule.
We are planing a day activity of canoeing in the Minneapolis area for all interested scouts and their families. Plan to canoe, swim, picnic and have fun with the troop. Canoes and picnic lunch provided by the troop. More details to follow. Be sure to mark your calendars for this fun family event!
Our Mystery Cave trip was a big success!
Over 30 scouts and leaders saw many unusual cave formations including a turquoise pool and hibernating bats. The boys helped the Park Service redevelop a savannah prairie on top of one of the bluffs. Our project was to help clear the area by moving over 100 trees down a steep cliff. A human chain was formed to move the logs down. The Park Ranger was impressed with our scouts and appreciated the service project. Next time we visit the Park we can enjoy the new flowers and grasses which will move into this cleared area.
Second Harvest Food Bank Service Project
Our scouts helped box up more than 6,000 lbs. of food at the May 15th meeting. They helped make a difference
Easter Dinner served to the homeless
Was a wonderful way to give back to the community. About 15 Troop 33 members gave of their time on this holiday to help set up and serve approximately 120 people who came to the church. Thank you for helping!
Notes of Interest
Help! We would like to have updated e-mail addresses for those who have them. We are missing addresses for new scouts in particular. If you are not receiving any at this point please e-mail Bob Fulton with yours (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks!
Many thanks to Bryce Purdy for organizing our Merit Badge Clinics this year. We appreciate the many hours and all the effort put in to make these successful. Thanks also go to all those who volunteered to be counselors. Merit Badge Clinics are primarily for 1st Class Scouts and above. They help the boys get started and/or earn a variety of merit badges.
Voyageur Park Houseboat Trip
The Planning Team is working on activities and a delicious menu. Spinach and broccoli will probably not be on the list as the planning is of course being done by the scouts! A detailed letter will be sent out mid May to each scout going but here are a few highlights:
Travel Timeline - Bus to leave Westminster about 6 PM on Friday June 9. Everyone must be at Camp Ajawah Friday night. We will leave early Saturday morning so that we can board the houseboats after lunch on Saturday. We will return to Westminster about 6 PM on Wednesday June 14th.
Pack Light! Storage is very limited on the boats. Each scout is to bring only 1 pack or duffel bag which must include their sleeping bag. A small bag to carry bus activities may also be brought. If desired a fishing pole may also be included however it is strongly recommended that it be in a carrying tube.
Swimming Test given at the May 22 Monday night meeting at the swimming pool - details to follow.
Life Jackets will be provided. If a scout would like to bring their own that is fine it just has to fit into that 1 pack/ duffel bag.
All food will be provided. Scouts are requested not to bring food or candy for any part of the trip.
Swimming, hiking, fishing, water-skiing, and outdoor cooking are all on the agenda for the trip. Scouts will also have time to work on their advancement and merit badges. A great time will be had by all and there will be memories to last a lifetime!
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